Paul Scholes wants to see ‘effective’ Paul Pogba at Man United

The Man United legend questions why Paul Pogba can't produce his France performances in Jose Mourinho's team

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Man United star Paul Pogba Photo: The Sport Review

Paul Scholes has urged Paul Pogba to replicate his performances for France at the World Cup in the Manchester United team.

The 25-year-old started Wednesday night’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal on the bench before Jose Mourinho brought on the club’s most expensive signing in the second half.

Pogba is reported to have fallen out with Mourinho at Old Trafford after the versatile midfielder produced an abysmal performance in Manchester United’s 2-2 draw at Southampton last weekend.

The £89m signing has struggled to be consistent in the Red Devils team over the past few seasons since his return to Manchester United from Juventus in 2016.

Pogba has lacked discipline in the middle of the park to prompt criticism of the France international from his club manager and former professionals, such as Scholes.

However, the Manchester United star played a key role in France’s World Cup triumph in Russia in the summer, scoring a goal in a 4-2 win over Croatia in the final.

Pogba proved throughout the major tournament that he is capable of producing disciplined performances on a consistent basis, something which hasn’t happened in his Red Devils career.

Former Manchester United midfielder Scholes spoke of his frustration at Pogba’s ability to perform efficiently in the France team but inability to deliver for the Old Trafford side.

“I look at Paul Pogba when he played in the World Cup and he was an integral member of that team,” Scholes told BT Sport on Wednesday night.

“He wasn’t the showboating Paul Pogba we’ve been used to seeing [at Manchester United]. He was an effective Paul Pogba. That comes from the manager laying down the law.

“He was dragged off in a game before the World Cup started in a friendly and that set the tone, ‘you do what I ask you, or you ain’t going to play’.

“His relationship with Didier Deschamps, it seems to be a more respectful relationship. There’s more of a closeness between them [than between Pogba and Mourinho].”

Manchester United are in eighth place in the Premier League table and eight points adrift of Chelsea FC, who occupy the final Champions League qualification spot.

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